polar bears

There is a huge misconception concerning the welfare of polar bears. Their population is growing, not shrinking. (By the way, this is not necessarily good news for those cute little baby seals! ). From around 5,000 to 6,000 in the 1960's, polar bears now number about 25,000. Approximately 15,000 of them are residents of Canada. Almost one third of them live in the Hudsons Bay area, approximately half way between the Arctic Circle and northern Minnesota. They live on land. Since this is nowhere near the location of the commonly depicted Arctic ice floes, it has been suggested that the critics (e.g. "Big Hollywood") should study a map and educate themselves.

The famous picture of a mom and cub bear riding on an ice floe in Arctic waters was shot in August, when the sun shines 24 hours a day, and the waters are generally open. They were just watching the ship go by and close enough to shore to swim there had they so desired! 

To learn more about these majestic animals, read the following articles:

     Nunavut Manager of Wildlife

     National Center For Policy Analysis 

     Polar Bears Used For Political Purposes

     How to Save one per year

     Lessons to be learned

     Mighty Polar Bears can swim 100 miles